Langkawi's culinary scene has expanded to include flavours to savour from every part of the world in recent years, with Pantai Cenang undoubtedly playing host to some of its most popular fine dining offerings. This beachfront stretch not only provides great variety but also supremely tasty food with great ocean views to boot.
Whether you are looking for a top-notch restaurant with plenty of romantic appeal, a hippie-like café with an on-the-beach location or just a cheerful casual place with share plates and artisan wine offerings, we name ten dining rooms that really matter, to help you navigate Pantai Cenang's food prospects.
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An airy al fresco dining room featuring an on-the-beach location with raw design focusing on ageing timber, white tents, umbrellas and chairs, The Brasserie certainly makes for a romantic dinner spot, impressing immensely with its casual elegance. We love the fact that the kitchen always seems to be pushing unique ideas, making them very easily chart toppers in Langkawi’s culinary game.
The Mediterranean-inspired cuisine at this 130-pax restaurant is simple marvellous: we highly recommend its Angus steak, a hearty portion of melt-on-the-tongue meat, heavily marbled with unrivalled sweetness and tenderness. To keep you company while you have your meal are trip hop, jazz fusion and instrumental rock tunes. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 12:00 – 24:00
- Address: 27 A Jalan Pantai Cenang
- Tel: +604 9551927
For fine dining with unbeatable views, The Cliff is certainly a winner. In total it can seat up to 220 people, with three sections – an indoor dining room, bar and al fresco garden. A polished outfit with decor that is classical and very elegant (think buffed wood floors, white plastic bucket chairs and white cloth-covered tables), its ambiance is casual and comfortable.
The kitchen, helmed by award-winning local chef Khairul, puts out beautifully-executed, authentic Malay dishes that are rich in flavour and impress us with their simplicity. Standouts on this side of the menu include The Cliff’s traditional beef rendang – tender, succulent braised beef chunks, marinated with galangal, ginger, lemongrass, turmeric, chilli paste and kerisik leaves. There are also western meals available, with steaks and seafood featuring prominently. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 12:00 – 23:00
- Address: Lot 63 & 40, Jalan Pantai Chenang, 07000 Pulau Langkawi
- Tel: +604 953 3228
Proudly marching to its own beat, the quirky and vibrant Yellow Café is a beach bar that certainly stands out for its hip and unpretentious décor, with chairs, walls and even hammocks in varying shades of yellow. Servers are a chatty bunch and there is a very hippie-like atmosphere with guests lounging around in board shorts and bikinis, and the fun vibe and colourful interior design is not the only reason to visit – the food here is, simply put, fantastic.
The menu, which focuses in western classic like steaks, pizzas and pastas, mixes bold and rich flavours to create dishes that are hearty and comforting. We highly recommend the steaks – these wonderful T-bones and sirloins have great complexity of flavour that will live long in your memory. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 13:00 – 01:00 (Tuesday – Sunday)
- Address: Pantai Cenang PO Box 121, 07000 Langkawi
- Tel: +6012 459 3190
A lot of Langkawi restaurants have come and gone over the past few years, but Nam Restaurant is an award-winning dining room that has proven that it has a lot of staying power. Dishes here defy imagination, with a well-executed menu of Asian dishes boasting plenty of Thai influence: try its Nyonya laksa, a powerhouse of spicy, rich and thick coconut gravy broth.
Although a bit on the pricey side (Nyonya laksa = RM30), the restaurant receives a lot of repeat customers, not only for the tasty food but also because service is competent and cultivated, and food and drinks are delivered with refinement.
- Opening Hours: 11:00 – 23:00
- Address: Bon Ton Restaurant & Resort, Pantai Cenang
- Tel: +604 955 6787 or +604 955 3643
Red Tomato Restaurant & Lounge is a hip and unpretentious dining room with décor that puts us in mind of a Spanish hacienda - think, vibrant walls in shades of green, blue and orange, stained-glass pendant ceiling lamps, bird cages, cactus pots and even a bright red baby piano.
Its kitchen puts out some of the best western food on the island and this is one of our favourite breakfast spots when we are on the island, with the sweet, fluffy banana pancakes deserving special mention. Regulars swear by its pizzas and pastas, with the Mediterranean penne pasta in tangy basil pesto sauce, topped with creamy feta cheese, capsicums, juicy prawns, olives and capers serving as its standout dish.
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 22:30
- Address: 5 Casa Fina Avenue, Pantai Cenang, 07000 Langkawi
- Tel: +604 955 4055
Langkawi Island is awash with great dining opportunities and like many Malaysian states, there are plenty of local food choices that are reasonably-priced. One of our favourite picks is Tomato Nasi Kandar, a long-standing stalwart on Pantai Cenang’s dining: it is a spacious 24-hour mamak (Muslim-Indian) restaurant serving steamed, fragrant, flavoured rice accompanied by a variety of curries and side dishes.
Food is always fresh and you can expect classic supremely tasty dishes like korma (yoghurt, coconut milk and herbs) curry, curried cubed beef, lamb, fried fish, chicken, okra and bitter gourd. Where you sit depends on your preference – if you are partial to air conditioning with your meal, we suggest the indoor dining room, but if you would like to enjoy the island breeze there is an al fresco seating area.
- Opening Hours: 24-hours (closed Fridays: 13:15 – 14:30; Tuesdays)
- Address: Jalan Pantai Chenang, 07000 Kuah, Kedah (opposite Langkawi Boutique Hotel)
Resembling a giant Tiki hut with its bamboo walls, Polynesian tribal masks and lots of potted plants, Champor Champor Restaurant is certainly quite a quirky sight. The menu reads like a roll-call of Malaysia’s best local offerings – think, fat, caramelised satay skewers, marinated and barbecued to crunchy yet tender perfection.
There are western dishes available such as coconut-crusted calamari, deep fried squid with crisp coconut shavings, a flavour combination that surprises and delights. With its relaxed atmosphere, it is perfect for travellers looking to enjoy a very well executed lunch or dinner. Charismatic and welcoming staff members create a peaceful and cheerful ambiance.
- Opening Hours: 19:00 – 01:00
- Address: Jalan Pantai Cenang, 07100 Langkawi (beside Backofen)
- Tel: +604 955 1449
A dining room set within Casa del Mar resort along Jalan Pantai Cenang, La Sal is a fine dining restaurant where you will find local food inspired by Mediterranean flavours and the local catch. We recommend the tangy, spicy barbecued tandoori chicken skewers – the meat is melt-in-your-mouth tender and succulent: paired with the fluffy, buttery naan bread, this dish is certainly comforting and makes a visit here worthwhile. What’s more, the restaurant also deserves high proise for its attentive service – although they are not too knowledgeable about wine selections, wait staff members more than make up for it with their cheerful, efficient service.
- Address: Casa del Mar, Mukim Kedawang, Pantai Cenang, Langkawi 07000
- Tel: +604 955 2388
A successful seafood business set up along Jalan Pantai Cenang, few places can match the sheer indulgence of fresh seafood at Orkid Ria Seafood Restaurant. A Chinese open-air restaurant set along Jalan Pantai Cenang, it is a great place to visit if you enjoy cracking open a chilli crab or enjoying some steamed tilapia.
We love the fact that the kitchen brings together the best of the island’s locally grown produce (okra, bitter gourd etc.) with super fresh seafood selections to create blackboard specials that are truly inspirational. We highly recommend black pepper tiger prawns, a dish of extra large, succulent prawns, sautéed with a tangy, spicy marinade – the meat is melt-in-your-mouth worthy and when paired with fluffy white rice, it is a hearty, comforting dish. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 11:00 – 15:00; 18:00 – 23:00
- Address: Lot 1225, Pantai Cenang, Mukim Kedawang, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, West Malaysia.
- Tel: +604 955 4128
A favourite among Langkawi locals, Pappadam Ria’s kitchen sure knows how to prepare Indian food in a way that both satisfies and caters to a wide range of food preferences. Taking pride in delivering the authentic experience, they focus on North and South Indian region dishes, so whether you are craving a creamy curry, spicy, vegetable-filled samosa or outstanding vegetarian options, you are sure to be satisfied.
Though it only opened its doors in 2013, it has gone on to cement its reputation as one of the island’s best Indian restaurants: we recommend the dry kadai chicken (an expert combination of juicy chicken chunks with piquant capsicums and spices), and Mysore rogan josh (a brilliant red curry dish of braised mutton slices, flavoured with onions, creamy yoghurt, tangy garlic, ginger and spices). All in all, a meal here is sure to be a satisfying one.
- Opening Hours: 11:00 – 23:30
- Address: No. 1, Lot 1556, Jalan Pantai Cenang, 07000 Langkawi
- Tel: +604 955 7775